A 50c surcharge on every can of spray paint to generate $200 million to help turn the problem around. (still only 1% of the estimated $20 Billion in annual U.S. graffiti costs)
The symptom cause addressed with an effort be made to reintroduce art and crafts back into the classroom and satisfy the creative instincts of youth and in a positive and open way.
A national media campaign and school speaking visits in an honest dialogue on how graffiti directly impacts lives and communities …. the “uncooling” of graffiti.
Generated funds given directly to art education teachers as prepaid supplier cards to get art materials efficiently into the hands of students.
Art schools and colleges make it possible for their students to visit middle/high school classes one or two mornings a month, working as teachers assistants/mentors to bring in new ideas, get valuable experience and to be a shining example for younger students to aspire.
Young chronic offenders be immersed in one-on-one mentored redirection programs like “Big Picture” projects to discover how to express themselves in a undiluted way and make art without victims.